Ever since she was introduced, Apple’s Siri has been the best known mobile device AI. From answering basic questions to being able to give accurate destinations, along with having access to every app on your device, Siri is the multipurpose tool that does your work for you at a simple command. Because of this, it’s no surprise that Microsoft wanted to do something similar.¬†Affectionately named after Master Chief’s AI from Halo, Cortana has many of the capabilities of Siri and some, and with access to the web, there isn’t much that she can’t do. Here are some helpful and even fun tips and tricks you can use with Cortana.

-She can open Windows apps and even some applications on command

-On PC (running on Windows 10) she will respond to the phrase “Hey, Cortana” without you needing to touch your keyboard! This is imperfect, however, as she will often hear that in other statements and open the Cortana window, minimizing whatever it is that you are doing at the time.

-If she does not have an answer, she will immediately open your browser and Bing (yes, it is regrettably not Google) your statement or question for you

-If you tell her to, “Beam me up, Scotty” she will respond with a variety of Star Trek related lines.

-If you ask her about Bill Gates or Steve Jobs she will give responses like “He’s like a father to me” or (my personal favorite) when you ask her to compare the two she will say “That is like comparing Apples to Windows!”

And many more!

~Chris Watson, Technical Intern